Still some issues with hybrid vehicle safety
Hybrid cars are not your grandparent's cars. They are different.
Consequently, for instance, if a hybrid passenger is involved in a serious accident requiring a forced removal of passengers, such as via the jaws of life, it will probably take longer for emergency personal to free hybrid passengers compared to those in conventional vehicles.
Inevitably, ensuring that the battery of these vehicles is off is critical to the safety of both passengers and emergency workers.
Unfortunately, according to an interesting MSNBC report, disabling the batteries of hybrids doesn't just very by brand, but even by model - creating confusion for emergency workers that could, in a worst case scenario, mean the difference between life and death.
Certainly, at least in my opinion, this is no reason to forgo a hybrid purchase. However, hopefully, automakers will soon come together to standardize better basic safety guidelines for battery powered vehicles.
Labels: Hybrid Vehicles